First, special thanks goes out to all the friends both new and old who have taken the time to inquire as to my whereabouts. Your kind thoughts through comments and emails have been a blessing and encouragement to me.
Second, please accept my apology for the de facto abandonment of this blog. Hope no one has taken it personally. Two grand weeks of vacation with my dear wife visiting family and friends in Oklahoma and Texas, followed by the extensive preparations required for directing a spiritual retreat, left me with little discretionary time of late.
Third, I had been intending to resume posting on 1 May. There was no special reason for choosing this date. It just seemed like a good day to claim my mulligan and tee off, once again. A monster case of strep throat thwarted these plans. I spent the first night battling—no, being pummeled by one of the worst cases of chills that I’ve ever had. The next couple of days were spent in a fevered daze. Even if I would have had the strength to string a few words together, you probably couldn’t have made sense of anything I would have written during this time.
Fourth, I have been thinking about some topics which I want to share with you here. Actually, that’s not correct. I’ve been thinking about raising some topics which I hope we will have an opportunity to discuss. Lord willing, I’ll say more about this in my next post.
Finally, and most regrettably, while I sit here composing these lines in the peace and quiet of the family room, I’m reflecting on the fact that I had hoped to be attending the Pepperdine Bible Lectures in Malibu, California this week. Had this come to fruition, it’s likely that a bunch of my blogging and ministry buddies and I would be returning from a fun-filled time of fellowship around the dinner table at this very moment in time. Maybe next year.
Again, thank you for your persistent inquiries into my well-being. Indeed, thank you for being my friends!
Blessings to all,
“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” –2 Corinthians 13:14 (NIV)